Work Exchange

North Georgia Mountain Retreat Center


Please understand that Enota is not for everyone.  We are looking for those individuals who want to make a difference, are committed to being the best they can be, and willing to help build a sustainable simple lifestyle.  

What We Do

Enota is a Campground, Retreat Center & Farm.  The service we do is whatever it takes to serve our guests, steward this land, take care of our farm & animals, take care of ourselves, and build a sustainable life.  Work-exchangers typically serve in housekeeping, cabin cleaning, kitchen, bathrooms, maintenance, landscaping, cooking & kitchen, front desk, web design, computer work, promotion, plumbing, electrical and construction, organic gardening, animal care, husbandry, as well as whatever else is needed.  Most work-exchangers begin their service in housekeeping, unless they have specialized skills (plumbing, electrical, construction, etc.).  Approximately a 50 hour work week during the growing season.   A work week of 50 is a farming lifestyle and not a city lifestyle.

What You Will Receive

A tent site or bed in the dormitory.  Tent sites are on the stream (no camping equipment is supplied).  A very nice bathhouse and bathrooms are conveniently located near the tent sites.  These tent sites have a value of at least $600 per month.  Dormitories are separate male and female bunk bed facilities with 6 to 8 people in an open space with shared bathrooms and showers.  Beds in the dormitories normally rent out to guests at a rate of $900 per month. 

or, a Top Rated RV Site if you own your own RV or camper  

All sites are full hook-up (with sewer) 30 & 50 amp RV sites across from one of our streams and shaded.  Your site will also have a large wooden deck, picnic table, level pad, grill and fire ring.  Remember that we are rated to be in the top 100 in the nation for RVing by both Woodalls (5/5 facility) and Trailer Life (9/10/9.5 rating).  These sites are normally rented for at least $900 per month.



or, Private Rooms

These private rooms with shared bathrooms and showers are located in our McMac or Iriquois work-exchange lodging facility.  These rooms would normally rent for $1,100 per month and are allocated only on a special need basis.

Healthy Nutritious Home Cooked Meals

Based on the business season, Enota serves a buffet style lunch and dinner each day.  We make the meals for you - we do the shopping, make the meals, put out the food, and clean-up.  If Enota does not put out a buffet, self-serve food is available in the farm house kitchen.  We try to use as much food as possible from our garden and farm.  Self-service snacks, beverages, and breakfast (including farm fresh eggs and milk) are also available everyday.  We only put out buffets when the demand is here from the guests.  Guests normally pay $8 for breakfast, $10 for lunch, and $10 for dinner.

Stipends Awards

Since Enota is a non-profit conservation facility, a stipend may be available to select Work-Exchangers after the initial four to six week probation period. 

Bonus Awards

For those individuals who stay with us from April 1st through November 31 (the entire 8 months of our full season) a $400 service incentive will be given.  Or for those individuals who miss the cutoff date (April 1st) and stay at Enota for a full year, you qualify for a $50 per month benefit for every month served to be paid once a year on December 1st to offset the loss of the stipend award during the off season time.  This sum will be distributed once a year on December 1st.  If you leave early, no partial sum is distributed.


Additional Benefits

  • Unlimited, free long distance anywhere in the continental United States 

  • Internet access on the Lodge computer 

  • Satellite TV in a group setting

  • Coin Laundry Facility on property

  • Free rental of hundreds of videos 

  • Use of our educational library

  • 20% discount in the store 

  • Group activities 

  • Simple living in a beautiful environment  

* Benefits and parameters stated above are subject to change.  Please check with out Work Exchange Coordinator.




Four Month Commitments

We are accepting applicants for an initial four month or longer commitment unless shorter arrangements are arranged and agreed upon in advance.  If you have the resources and availability to visit Enota before making your initial 4-month commitment, we highly recommend it.

Longer Term Commitments 

All work-exchangers are welcome to stay for our season (April 1 - November 31) or longer. Qualified longer term work-exchangers may receive additional benefits - please talk to us about this. 

Exploration Visits

Come as a paying guest and sharing our daily schedule to see if this is what you expect.  Understandably, this is not always practical or economically feasible for those coming from a great distance.    

If you would like to visit Enota to explore the possibilities check our Exploration Visits page for details on the various options available.




1.   Read everything throughout the www.enota.org site and the www.enota.com site.

2.  Feel free to apply any of three ways:

  • Complete the online APPLICATION (opens in new tab) for each person and send a current picture.  

  • Or print the Application and mail to Enota, 1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546

  • Or Fax the Application to 706-896-4737

3.  Please review Enota's Policies.

4.  Then call the office (706-896-9966) and speak to our Work Exchange Coordinator 48 hours after we have received  your completed Application and picture.

5.  If accepted, applicants must arrange their own transportation to Enota.  Please also review Enota's Items to Bring & What to Wear List.





Call: 706-896-4765

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